The release coincides with Molaskey and guitarist-vocalist husband John Pizzarelli's four-week engagement at Feinstein's at the Regency beginning May 27.
Where Molaskey's debut CD, "Pentimento," paid homage to songs of the '20s and '30s, "A Good Day" moves into the '50s and takes off from the songs and stylings of Peggy Lee and her own guitarist husband Dave Barbour, said PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker. A combination of jazz standards, show tunes, and Molaskey-Pizzarelli originals, the CD was inspired, according to Molaskey, "out of a small stack of records neatly arranged beside the family hi-fi when I was growing up."
Pizzarelli is the respected jazz guitarist and vocalist who helped create the dreamy jazz sound of "Pentimento." The core group of musicians who backed her on "Pentimento" return here, supplemented by larger forces orchestrated by Don Sebesky and Dick Lieb. The songlist is:
"A Good Day" is produced by Allen J. Sviridoff & John Pizzarelli. "Pentimento," released in June 2002, was the fifth release on PS Classics, and at that point, by far the label's most successful to date, embraced by critics, theatre audiences and jazz fans alike. Playbill On-Line's show music and American pop columnist, Steven Suskin, named it one of the top albums of the year. For more information, visit www.psclassics.com.
Molaskey most recently appeared in New York in the new Ahrens-Flaherty musical, A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center Theatre (the cast album is on CD from Jay Records). On Broadway, she appeared in LCT's Parade. She was seen in national tours of Dream. Tommy, Falsettos, City of Angels, Crazy for You and Les Miserables.